I'm feeling a bit out of it in regards to blogging. It always surprises me how quickly I fall out of the routine (just a couple of days) and how I have to push myself a bit to get back into my blogging mindset, but then once I do, I am glad to be back. This post is kind of a random sampling of things.
First, good news - I have been collecting an egg - yep, just one single egg - every day for a week! Our old ladies stopped laying a while ago and so we have been buying eggs at the farmers market. They are wonderful eggs with golden yolks from pasture raised chickens, but an egg that was collected from our own chickens is even better! About two months ago, we bought three 17-week old pullets from the farmer who we purchase raw milk from. (Pullets are basically teenage chickens who are just about ready to start laying eggs.) I have been waiting patiently, checking inside the coop, outside in the chicken yard, adding fresh bedding to the coop, and encouraging them on a daily basis to start laying! I was just about to give up hope, when I spied one medium sized terracotta colored egg in the back corner of the coop, nestled within a circle of pine shavings. Yes! And there has been one in that same spot every day since. So there has been a lot of the Egg Dance going on (imagine a grown woman flapping her arms and raising her legs up and down while clucking - quite the sight, but the little babe loves it.) I would love to know if it is the same chicken who has gotten her groove on or if the three new ones are taking turns. Maybe one of these days we'll even get TWO eggs on one day!
Do you remember those loofah vines that I talked about this past Summer? I forgot what I planted and was excited to see tons of cucumber plants. Then I discovered that they were actually loofahs, not cukes. I was still excited, though loofahs don't exactly help to fill the pantry. I let them dry, cutting some off and leaving some on until frost, then kept them in our shed until a couple weeks ago. They were totally gross looking, with white fluffy mold on the outside and some black slimy mold on the inside. I chose the cleanest and driest looking ones, peeled them, then soaked them in bleach. I tried to shake out all the seeds, but there is still a lot in the middle. They actually look just like the loofah sponge that I bought at the store, which I think is pretty cool! I won't be planting them this coming Summer though, because I now have enough sponges to last at least another year!
And now I have some sad news to share - we made the decision to put Maizie to sleep last Sunday. We had Maizie for about 6 or 7 years - which I think is about normal for an intact male rabbit. When I wrote about him just a couple of days before, I thought he was going to be okay for a bit longer, but the limited mobility in his hind legs got to be too much of an issue. There is an empty space now under the kitchen table where he used to lie and I still watch my step when I walk into the pantry. The first night or two after he was gone, I automatically reached for the handle of the fridge to grab a carrot or piece of kale for him before I went to bed. He was an extraordinary rabbit and I am glad to have had him in our home. I shared Maizie's story in this post and some other adventures here and here.